Everything You Said You Wanted to Know About LADDER SupplementsJan 5, 2022
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re looking to optimize your supplement strategy, you may have questions about how LADDER supplements can help you perform at your highest level.
So we asked nutrition expert Sara Ryba Matty, RD, CDN, along with Openfit Live Trainer and “LADDER Liaison” Mary Beth Rockwell, to field some of the top LADDER questions from the Openfit Teammates Facebook group.
Read on for their answers about how LADDER supplements can fit into your nutrition plan and help you achieve your wellness goals.
How Should I Incorporate Supplements into My Diet?
Matty: You can really start anywhere. I personally find the Whey and Plant protein powders to be essential, because I don’t always have the time to get my hands on a good protein source after I work out. I also love my Pre-Workout because it really gets me going.*
LADDER Superfood Greens saves me on days that I’m not able to get as many veggies into my body as I’d like. And my kids — yeah, I sneak Greens into their dinner if I feel like they didn’t get as much of the “good stuff” as they should on a certain day.
Should I Drink a Protein Shake Before or After I Work Out?
Matty: Drinking a protein shake after your workout is a great way to know that your body is getting what it needs for repair and recovery. Depending on which of our protein powders you prefer, you’ll be getting 21 to 26 grams of protein per serving!
That said, I often drink a protein shake as part of my breakfast or on-the-go lunch — it is so satisfying. You really can’t go wrong drinking one any time of day!
Can Protein Shakes Help Support My Weight Loss Plan?
Matty: While not a weight loss product, a protein shake is an ideal option after you work out. When engaging in exercise, you damage your muscles — this is a good thing! — which require dietary protein to rebuild and recover. Since they’re so portable, protein shakes are a convenient way to optimize recovery.
A protein shake can also support building lean muscle mass, and increased muscle mass may improve performance. So again — it’s not a magic bullet for weight loss, but it’s certainly a great addition to your healthy weight loss plan to help you reach your nutrition and fitness goals.
How Do I Choose Between LADDER Whey Protein and Plant Protein?
Rockwell: LADDER Whey Protein is packed with 26 grams of whey protein isolate, which is derived from dairy. It’s a complete protein that provides essential amino acids (EAAs) and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) to help build muscle and boost your workout performance.*
But what if you’re vegan or dairy-free? Then LADDER Plant Protein is your friend, with 21 grams of pea protein to help boost your muscle gains and get the most out of your Openfit workouts. It also contains both EAAs and BCAAs.
Can LADDER Protein Shakes Be Used as Meal Substitutes?
Rockwell: Each serving of LADDER Whey Protein and LADDER Plant Protein contains 130 calories when mixed with water. While that’s a decent calorie range for a snack, it’s not really enough to serve as a meal replacement. To turn a protein shake into a balanced meal, you should add more calories and macronutrients. Fruit or rolled oats are a good source of carbs, and your healthy fats can come from food like nut butter, avocado, or chia seeds.
Are LADDER Protein Powders Complete Proteins?
Matty: LADDER Whey Protein is a complete protein. LADDER Plant Protein and Plant-Based Nutrition Shake are not complete proteins, but they both provide a hefty source of protein, hitting almost every amino acid (the building blocks of protein). Personally, I grab whatever is in the cabinet, as the whey and plant proteins are both amazingly convenient, high-quality, and yummy protein sources.
When’s the Best Time to Take LADDER Pre-Workout?
Matty: LADDER Pre-Workout is best consumed about 30 to 45 minutes before you work out. It provides a unique boost of energy and focus that helps improve overall performance. Because of LADDER Pre-Workout, I can consistently press play — even when I’m feeling a little tired or unmotivated.*
Why Does LADDER Pre-Workout Make Me Tingle?
Matty: Some people do feel a tingling sensation from the beta-alanine when they drink LADDER Pre-Workout. I do, and I like it because it tells me I’m ready to go! In case you’re curious why this happens, beta-alanine can cause paresthesia, which is a temporary tingling sensation and a harmless side effect.
How Can LADDER Hydration Enhance My Performance?
Rockwell: LADDER Hydration is a lemon-lime flavored performance powder that helps replenish the electrolytes that you lose when you sweat. It uses the LADDER Refuel Ratio — an ideal blend of electrolytes and carbohydrates to help optimize your rehydration and recovery. Long story short: Go longer, go stronger!*
It offers a caffeine-free endurance boost and is designed to help maximize nutrient absorption and help you overcome cramping, so you can perform at a higher intensity for longer.*
When’s the Best Time to Take LADDER Hydration?
Rockwell: You can take your LADDER Hydration either during or after your workout. The recommended serving is one scoop or single-serving packet mixed in 16 ounces of water. If your workout exceeds an hour, you may want to take an additional packet or scoop for every additional 60 to 90 minutes of exercise.
How Are LADDER Supplements Sweetened?
Matty: All LADDER products are formulated to ensure that no artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or synthetic colors are used in our products. A hint of plant-based sweetener is used to enhance the natural flavors.
I personally don’t worry about the added sugars, as there is such a small amount. One scoop only provides 4 percent of your recommended daily allowance for added sugar. I keep my eye on added sugars, but 4 percent of my daily allowance certainly isn’t going to stop me from drinking these nutrition powerhouses.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.